Posted by: Johan Normark | August 19, 2011

Quote of the day: Archaeologists ought to be grateful to worms

Back in 1881 Charles Darwin said that worms have played a great role in human history. They create the vegetable mold that makes agriculture possible, certain artifacts, etc. These worms also preserve the artifacts that humans create since their mold protect “for an indefinitely long period every object, not liable to decay, which is dropped on the surface of the land, by burying it beneath their castings” and for that “archaeologists ought to be grateful to worms” (Darwin 1881:308, quoted in Bennett 2010:96). Thank you all worms for doing such a great job for us! We all dig you.

Bennett, J. 2010. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham and London: Duke University Press

Darwin, C. 1881. Formation of Vegetable Mould through the Actions of Worms with Observations on Their Habits. London: John Murray.


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